|Senator Richard Lugar refuses|
to play nice.
Listen, I didn't expect Lugar to get out there on the stump and go to every corner of the state for Mourdock, and I don't believe Mourdock would have wanted him to do so. Still, it would have been nice for the soon-to-be former U.S. Senator to put his arm around Mourdock and give him his blessing in some way.
He did do that in his concession letter, but he pretty much said that the only reason he supports Mourdock is that he's a Republican. He then spent the rest of the letter tearing apart Mourdock's ideology and brand of conservatism and pretty much endorsing Joe Donnelly, the Democratic candidate, without actually doing it.
Let's face it, for a vanquished candidate, Lugar still wields a pretty big stick. No one, for example, really gives a rat's patootie what David McIntosh or John McGoff say now in Indiana's 5th District race. They could rail against Susan Brooks, and it's not going to make a difference, but when Richard Lugar talks about the U.S. Senate race, people will still listen. That's because many people on both sides of the aisle maintain a certain level of respect for Lugar not only for his service but for the kind of record he has built as an international statesman. When Lugar says that he's not going to actively campaign for Mourdock, it makes news.
I just can't understand why Republicans are so upset that Lugar is being so coy. What did they expect him to do? He did nothing wrong for 35 years in the Senate. He maintained a voting record of a conservative. For years, he earned issues ratings from conservative organizations that were impeccable. Suddenly, in 2012, he was too liberal? One or two votes were taken out of his long record and that made him a "friend of Barack?"
Yeah...Richard Lugar is not your puppet folks. He's not going to play nice. He's not going to just simply forget that you tossed him aside for someone that has a radical ideology that will bring gridlock back to Washington. That's what Richard Lugar worked against for over 35 years, and Republicans fired him for it.
Sorry 'bout your luck, Mr. Mourdock.